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France

The Alps

The French Alps have long been a favourite holiday destination for British visitors. The grandeur of arguably one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth draws hundreds of thousands of skiers and alpiners to its lofty peaks each year. Even if you skied there every winter for the rest of your life you could not hope to discover all of its secrets.

From the picturesque rustic alpine hamlets to the mighty Chamonix the choices laid out for you are vast. There are more than one hundred fantastically groomed resorts. France is very safety conscious; the trails are all graded from easy greens, to blues, then reds with black being only for the very experienced.

They are all meticulously checked to prevent injury and the ski-instructors are of an incredibly high standard. It is perfect beginner ski and intermediate territory with some formidable off-piste.

At A Glance

  • Great for all levels of skiiers and snowboarders!
  • Great lift serviced off-piste for all levels (guides available)
  • Lots of good quality bars, nightclubs and shopping
  • Charming Alpine villages
  • Large Ski Areas
  • Tasteful village atmosphere in the resort centre
  • More to do than just ski!

Resorts in France

Morzine

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Tignes

France

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Val DIsere

France

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Meribel

France

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Val DIsere

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Meribel

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Morzine

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Tignes

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Tignes

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Meribel

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Meribel

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Val DIsere

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La Plagne

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Val DIsere

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La Plagne

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Tignes

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Tignes

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Tignes

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Meribel

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Val DIsere

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Morzine

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Morzine

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La Plagne

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La Plagne

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Tignes

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Meribel

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Meribel

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Meribel

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La Plagne

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La Plagne

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Morzine

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Meribel

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Tignes

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La Plagne

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Morzine

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Tignes

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Val DIsere

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Tignes

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Meribel

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Morzine

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Tignes

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Meribel

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Val DIsere

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Meribel

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Tignes

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La Plagne

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Morzine

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La Plagne

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Morzine

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Morzine

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La Plagne

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Meribel

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La Plagne

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Val DIsere

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Morzine

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La Plagne

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Meribel

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Meribel

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Tignes

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Val DIsere

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Tignes

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Tignes

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Morzine

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Meribel

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Meribel

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Tignes

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Tignes

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Morzine

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Tignes

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Val DIsere

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Meribel

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Morzine

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Morzine

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La Plagne

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Meribel

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La Plagne

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Tignes

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Meribel

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La Plagne

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Val DIsere

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Val DIsere

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Morzine

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Val DIsere

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Tignes

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Meribel

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Meribel

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Val DIsere

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Morzine

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Val DIsere

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Morzine

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Choosing Your Resort

Choosing your resort can seem a bit of a minefield, although the traditional alpine working villages are very charming they weren't designed with the skier in mind. Purpose built resorts may not be so pretty but you will find everything at your fingertips with the majority of hotels and chalets ski-to-door.

If the kids are coming too, try and stay near the nursery slopes to escape those long arduous walks in ski boots. France is a very family ski friendly country, they are always welcome in restaurants whatever the time and the lift handlers will stop the lift if necessary for children to hop on with ease.

Information about the Resort

Morzine-Avoriaz is a brilliant all-rounder and also is part of the mammoth Portes des Soleil ski area which covers 400 square miles providing 650km of marked runs and limitless off-piste.

Avoriaz is also known as the snowboarding capital of the Alps and is also home to The Wall, a severely steep mogulled black run that will give you serious bragging rights in the bar later.

France has linked its resorts very well and you will find even the smallest resorts are still part of large ski areas.

The other two giant areas belong to Les Arcs and La Plagne which join to provide 425 km aptly named Paradiski and the world renowned Les Trois Vallees that unites, among others, Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens with 600km of piste.

When the winter season ends many people still head to the mountains for the unreal experience of glacier skiing in glorious sunshine. Tignes, Chamonix and Les Deux Alpes hold regular free-style competitions all summer long at their snow parks perched high on the mountainside.

Apres Ski

Apres-ski in France is wild; the cosmopolitan mix of visitors each year wanting to let their hair down contributes to a vibrant, lively atmosphere.

Have a couple of vin chaud (mulled wine) on your way back down where you'll find an eclectic choice of live music and energetic hoards of skiers and boarders dancing on tables quaffing down restorative beverages.

Even non-skiers will have heard of the infamous Dicks Tea Bar in Val d'Isere. Other top resorts for apres-ski include Chamonix, Morzine and Meribel.

About the Alps

Of course, the Alps weren't always the target of ski and snowboard fanatics. Before tourism was introduced to the peasant farmers of the mountains, the meadows were filled with livestock which was tended to see the locals through the hard winter months. Obviously when they realised how much money could be tapped from affluent skiers then it was down with the pitch-forks and up with the skis! Lift systems sprang up to link rapidly expanding ski areas.

The shepherd's cabins became mountain restaurants and enterprising wives converted their front rooms into bars and cafes. The traditional fare still influences the resorts restaurants today, potatoes, cheese, onions and pork seem to be the base for many of their dishes such as Tartiflette, Salade Savoyarde, Fondue Savoyarde, Raclette and Brasserade. It's not much fun if you're not a cheese fan as the smell of the local Reblochon cheese does tend to permeate most restaurants.

Ski Extras

Unless you own your own skis or boards, then you’re going to need to rent some!

Fortunately, the standard of rental skis is very good nowadays and we work with the best suppliers so your kit will be perfectly suited and set up for your skiing and you can go back and make changes as needed.

Our shops are also conveniently located to our properties, so you won’t waste time traipsing over resort looking for your shop. We can also help fast track our guests in busy periods, and use our influence to help you get sorted.

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